As Iceland's Fisheries Ministers, Mr. Josefsson, promised on Saturday (2 September) that his country's new?
AERIAL VIEW Icelandic coastline
AERIAL VIEWS Trawlers at sea (2 shots)
AV Another trawler
SV Iceland flag ZOOM OAK TO traffic in road
SV Flags on bus along road
SV Minister speaks to reporter.
SOUND STARTS: "Are you expecting..."
SOUND ENDS: "...breaking of laws."
REPORTER: "Are you expecting a lot of trouble and resistance if you try and bring ships in?"
MR. JOSEFSSON: "Perhaps w will make some troubles. I can't say beforehand how much trouble we will be getting in to. But it is quite clear to me that our coastguards can handle quite easily all normal fishing vessels."
REPORTER: "Are you prepared to use force if necessary?"
MR. JOSEFSSON: "Yes, certainly, if necessary we will do that."
REPORTER: "What sort of force?"
MR, JOSEFSSON: "Oh I am not coming here to say what methods we are using to stop the breaking of laws."
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Background: As Iceland's Fisheries Ministers, Mr. Josefsson, promised on Saturday (2 September) that his country's new 50-mile fishing limit would be rigorously enforced--even to the extent of arresting offending trawlers-- a British vessel skipper claimed that an Icelandic gunboat tried to cut his nets adrift after he'd ignored orders to stop fishing inside the limit area.
The new degree extending the Fishery limit from its old belt of 12 miles came into force on 31 August, but so far foreign ??? particularly British craft--area ignoring the extended zone.
After flying over at least 50 trespassing vessels, Mr. Josefsson said that Iceland intended to make sure the limit was observed, even to the point of arrest, as he emphasised in this interview: